Greeley’s OktoBREWfest takes place Friday October 2nd at 5pm and Saturday October 3rd at 11am at Lincoln park in Downtown Greeley. Bring your family down to enjoy games for the kids, polka and bluegrass music and plenty of craft beer. Bianca Fisher, member of the Greeley Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and one of the organizers of OktoBREWfest told the Pint, “As much as it’s a fun beer festival, it’s a cultural celebration as well.” Weld County has a rich history of German-Russian Immigrants.
Last year about 10,000 total people attended the festivities. Fisher expects about the same this year. Oktoberfest is a tradition that has been held in Greeley since the 80’s when it started in the Backyard of one of UNC’s professors. The DDA has been bringing the party for roughly 15 years, and loves it.
“It’s a lot, it’s one of those things that you have to think about in March. Our steins are actually cast in Germany, and printed in Minnesota.” said Fisher. Between securing city licensure, contracting distributors to provide labels such as Grimm Brothers, Odells, High Hops, Oskar Blues, and Black Bottle, and including Greeley’s 5 local breweries, a tremendous amount of planning goes into one of Greeley’s biggest events.
OktoBREWfest entry is free. The VIP tent is $30 which includes a beer stein, and is the real draw for those wanting to taste some unique beers. “Last year we had [Oskar Blues] barrel aged Ten Fiddy, which was the big coup.” The general admission beer list can be found below. Fisher was sure to mention that VIP ticket holders will not be disappointed this year, though specifics were not released.
General Admission Beer List OktoBREWfest 2015
|1||Grimm Bros.||Little Red Cap|
|2||Grimm Bros.||3 Golden Hairs|
|3||High Hops||The Common|
|4||High Hops||Golden One|
|5||Black Bottle||Scuba Steve|
|6||Black Bottle||Friar Chuck|
|8||Oskar Blues||Dale’s Pale Ale|
|9||Oskar Blues||Old Chub|
|12||Broken Plow||Signature Chili Wheat|
|13||Broken Plow||Randy’s Pale Ale|
|18||Grand Lake||Wooly Booger Nut Brown|
|19||Grand Lake||White Cap Wheat|
|20||Grand Lake||Rocky Mountain American Amber|
|21||Grand Lake||Kickin’ Back Pumpkin Lager|
|25||WeldWerks||Hazelnut Coffee Brown|
|26||Wiley Roots||Super 77|
|27||Wiley Roots||Oktoberfest Marzen|